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Habitat for Humanity co-founder dies

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

February 3, 2008

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - 150 homes now stand in the Easter Morning Subdivision just outside the Americus City limits. "In the early 1990's he set out a dream to eliminate poverty housing here in Americus by building 500 homes," said Director of Special Projects of the Fuller Center for Housing, Ryan Iafigliola.

And these homes were among hundreds of thousands that were built under Millard Fuller's leadership through Habitat for Humanity International and the Fuller Center for Housing.

"And we would use zero-percent interest mortgage which is unheard of today but is available around the world because of the work of Millard Fuller," said Director of Covenant Partner Development of the Fuller Center of Housing, Kirk Lyman-Berner.

Those who worked with Fuller say he will be remembered best as an inspiration. "Compassionate and motivating, he would inspire us all to do everything we could to help our neighbors in need," said Lyman-Berner.

"Millard dream was that everyone deserves a decent, simple place to live, and we have the power and ability to do that," said Iafigliola.

Fuller received countless awards for his work including the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former U.S. President Bill Clinton. But co-workers say the spirit for which these medals were given will not end with Fuller's death.

"Millard's life ended today, but the movement he has started for affordable housing should not die today. His mission should not be diminished or slowed down," said Iafigliola. As they continue the legacy of a man who dedicated years building homes some of the world's poorest people.

Fuller will be buried at Koinonia Farm Wednesday at 11:00 AM. The funeral is open to the public. Millard Fuller was 74-years-old.

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